Meadowlark (2008)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Interpersonal Relationships, Law & Crime, Religions & Belief Systems, Sexuality  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Filmmaker Taylor Greeson looks back a pivotal summer in his life that was marked by both love and personal tragedy in this autobiographical documentary. Greeson's mother, Julie, was married four times and had children with three of her husbands, making his family a complicated web of stepsiblings and stepparents. Taylor spent the summer of 1981, when he was 12 years old, in Billings, MT, with his mother, his older brother, Charlie, and his younger sister, Amber. Joining the siblings for the trip was Charlie's best friend, Dwight, and Mike, an older teenager who was staying with Taylor and his dad as a boarder. What Taylor's mother and siblings didn't know was that he'd fallen in love with Mike, and had lost his virginity to the young man a few days before they left for Montana. As Taylor was dealing with the excitement and confusion of first love and coming to terms with his sexuality, the Greeson family was hit with the shocking news that Charlie had been murdered. Twenty five years later, Taylor Greeson returned to Billings with a small camera crew to visit the place where his brother died and interview witnesses to the crime as well as the police officers and attorneys who brought the murderer to justice. Greeson also interviews Mike as they share their differing feelings about the summer of 1981. Meadowlark was an official selection at 2008's Outfest, a festival of gay, lesbian, and transgendered cinema held in Los Angeles.

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brother, family-vacation, first-love, forgiveness, investigation, Mormon, murder, sexuality